Calallen Middle School cheerleaders sold more than 800 T-shirts in one week in a show of support for a local breast cancer survivor and her racing goals.
Edie Crawford is a 10-year breast cancer survivor and a teacher in the Calallen Independent School District. She is participating in a 60-mile breast cancer walk in Plano in November. The cheerleaders raised almost $3,000 through the sale of the shirts and will be able to donate a large portion of that money to the Susan G. Komen Foundation through Crawford.
Angie Moore, CMS cheerleading sponsor, said the students will also be able to make a donation to the Martha Mahany Scholarship Fund, awarded through the Calallen Wildcat’s Touchdown Booster Club. Mahany was a dedicated booster club member who lost her fight with breast cancer in 2009. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We had to make announcements and hand out fliers. It took a lot of effort,” CMS student and co-head cheerleader Keely Pierce said. “My aunt actually passed away from breast cancer a couple of years ago, so it was a personal mission.”
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and their accomplishment, the cheerleaders put on a “Pink Out” pep rally for students in the CMS Gym on Oct. 4.
“We knew who we wanted to donate the money to, and that motivated us to try our best,” CMS co-head cheerleader Hollann Hans said. “I just feel really great that we are helping her by raising this money.”
Crawford said preparations for the walk are going well. She walks anywhere from four to eight miles during the week and, on weekends, pushes that to 12-15 miles daily.
“My personal goal is to finish under 100. Last year I walked the 60-mile walk, and out of 3,500 participants, I was number 111 to finish,” Crawford said. “It’s very touching. I am a 10-year survivor, and to have the opportunity to see the support from the community like this is very overwhelming.”
On her team, Crawford will be joined by her sister, Katina Gower, and friend, Bunny Kurtz.